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Joel 1:1-3:21 & Proverbs 29:18

As I read the Old Testament reading today I don’t know why but I began thinking of these two verses out of Isaiah,

WAIT and listen, everyone who is thirsty! Come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Yes, come, buy [priceless, spiritual] wine and milk without money and without price [simply for the self-surrender that accepts the blessing]. [Rev. 21:6, 7; 22:17.] Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your earnings for what does not satisfy? Hearken diligently to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness [the profuseness of spiritual joy]. [Jer. 31:12-14.]
(Isaiah 55:1-2 AMP)

And as I read through till Proverbs, I thought “Hmmm! There is similarity between the verse in Proverb and this passage. Locust strip the vegetation, the food, from the ground and famine of provisions results. Symbolically and or allegorically locust and famine can represent things that take away our sustenance, be it food, vision, hope or the things that make life, well, life. Today’s Proverb states,

Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God], the people perish; but he who keeps the law [of God, which includes that of man]--blessed (happy, fortunate, and enviable) is he. [I Sam. 3:1; Amos 8:11, 12.] (Proverbs 29:18 AMP).

A famine of food will destroy our bodies, or at lest make us weak and possibly bring illness, but a famine of the Word of God makes us the walking dead.

8Weep with sorrow, as a virgin weeps when her fiance has died. 9There is no grain or wine to offer at the Temple of the LORD. The priests are mourning because there are no offerings. Listen to the weeping of these ministers of the LORD! 10The fields are ruined and empty of crops. The grain, the wine, and the olive oil are gone. (Joel 1:8)

Grain, wine and olive oil have been symbolically represented in scriptures, both in the Old and New Testament. Grain is what is used to make bread, we worship the Bread of Life. Wine, New Wine, is what Jesus said is hard for those who are filled up on the Old Wine to taste (Luke 5:39). The olive oil was used, and is still used today to make the special oil used to anoint the priests. This is was oil that was used to anoint Aaron into the priesthood, the oil that was poured upon his head and that flowed down to the hem of his priestly garment. (Exodus 29:21; Lev. 8:12) And looking at today’s New Testament reading, Jesus is the one standing in the middle of the seven lamp stands that use olive oil as fuel.

There was a four-hundred year silence of the Word of God between the last prophet in Israel and the Word given to Elizabeth, the cousin of Mary the mother of Jesus representing a famine of all three, bread, oil and wine. I could be off in left field but today, at lest to me, there is a strong connection between all of today’s readings.

No Word of God, no restrants; no Word of God, no spiritual food; no Word of God, no anointing to minister, and no spiritual Wine to make a glad and merry heart. (Ephesians 5:18)
Wine is made from Fruit and my mind is exploding with images of wine made from the Fruit of the Spirit. Remember the robe of the High Priest had sown on the bottom, a bell, and a pomegranate, a bell and a pomegranate, etc. I’m not sure but I think the bell represented the gifts of the spirit and the pomegranates represented the fruit of the spirit. (Ever open up a pomegranate? It is loaded with lots of little fleshy, juicy red fruit with a seed in the middle.)

Now I’ve got the “Mike” disease, known as the Tangent. I’m not sure how all this fits in, and it may not even fit it, but while I ride into work, I will read and reread today’s text and study and pray that all of this “Stuff” becomes clearer.

“I’m so excited, just so excited—I’m about to lose my mind and I think I like it” a line from the Pointer Sisters song.

Grace and peace,

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